how i became a famous novelist

John August is a screenwriter I’ve been following for the last decade. He broke onto the scene with a spec script titled Go, which was directed for the screen by Doug Liman (a film I highly recommend). Since then August has written a bunch of adaptations and remakes, mostly in association with director Tim Burton (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride).

He made a fantastic directorial debut with an original independent sci-fi mystery drama The Nines, which was a hit at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, but flew virtually under the radar of most (I also recommend this film, although I’ll admit that it has gotten a polarizing response). I’ve been waiting and hoping for August to journey behind the camera once again, but his much in demand screenwriting duties have kept him away. He’s producing Prince of Persia, wrote Preacher, and is also attached to Burton’s Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows.

It looks like August might return to the director’s chair once again.

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